Due to the COVID 19, we are postponing the Richard T. Naples Education Foundation Scholarship. We will still honor the scholarship applications that were already received. You can continue, if possible, to send in your applications. We will let everyone know when the new deadline is decided. Our decision will be based on when the virus is under control and everything is back to normal. We may decide to announce winners and send the money to schools for the second semester, to give our scholarship committee more time to decide the winners.

Richard T. Naples, Sr. Education Foundation, Inc.

Since 1998, Richard T. Naples, Sr., of Niles, Ohio and the founder of Wholesale Fireworks chain of stores, created the Richard T. Naples, Sr. Education Foundation, Inc.  It is a perpetual fund that has already awarded one hundred and eighty one college scholarships in the amount of $500.00 each and two hundred and ninety eight scholarships in the amount of $800.00.  This scholarship is being made available again this year in the amount of $1,000.00.

The scholarships are available only to current high school seniors and college students whom reside in these following Ohio counties: Trumbull, Mahoning, and Stark.

Mr. Naples, who owns fireworks stores in Niles, Hubbard, and Canton, Ohio, established the scholarship program to help young adults defray a portion of the costs of a higher education, which includes not only colleges and universities, but also institutes for fine and performing arts, as well as, trade and vocational schools and institutes.

Mr. Naples, and his family members, who sit on the Board of Trustees, are deeply committed to higher education and have hired many area high school and college students throughout the 40 years Wholesale Fireworks has been in business. Mr. Naples believes that the education of young people is an important role in which business should be involved.

The deadline for this year’s scholarship will be determined after the COVID-19 virus is under control and everything returns back to normal.  High School students can obtain an application from their guidance counselors and it can also be obtained from the link below. College students can also obtain a copy of the application from a link below.  For further information, call (330) 534-5145, Monday through Friday, between 9 am. and 4 pm.